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Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Is this Program for Me?

The Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership prepares students for Professional and Administrative Leadership positions in a variety of settings. The program provides intensive research and applied skills for students grappling with real-world concerns in education. Students bring the most pressing concerns experienced by the educational community to each course.

The Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership offers a number of distinctive benefits, including:

  • This degree was initiated by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate - Executive Ed.D in Professional Leadership
  • A program structure that enables fully employed professionals to earn a doctorate in less than 3 years in face-to-face sessions at the University of Houston main campus, while continuing to manage their career if they are registered full-time which includes Summer semesters
  • Concentration areas tailored to specific career interests
  • Personalized academic and career advisement
  • A cohort structured program where students help students and develop a learning community

What will I learn?

The Ed.D. program places a strong emphasis on reflective, creative and critical thinking when dealing with problems and dilemmas. It develops professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Laboratory of Practice
  • Doctoral Thesis
  • TExES Superintendent (195)

The successful Ed.D. candidate enthusiastically and rigorously:

  • Identifies and develops professional leadership identity through ongoing reflection
  • Develops and implements a vision for establishing rich teaching and learning environments with input from all stakeholders, based on creative and effective use of data
  • Builds community and encourages collaboration, internally and externally, among teachers, students, families, industry, non-profit and other community resources
  • Frames, analyzes, and innovatively resolves educational dilemmas in light of political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that are informed by current literature, applied theoretical knowledge, and current policies
  • Implements a continuous cycle of inquiry based on reflection and collaboration that includes authentic data collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Identifies and acts with professionalism, integrity and ethical behavior

What can I do with my degree?

The program prepares graduates for academic leadership positions in the following settings:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Technical Schools
  • Adult Schools
  • Educational Agencies
  • School District Offices

Graduates of the Executive Ed.D. in K-12 Professional Leadership may pursue the following careers:

  • Superintendents
  • Central and District Office Directors
  • K-12 School Administrators
  • College or University Professors

Professional leadership K12 doctoral student Dameion Crook talks about his experiences in the program.

For more details, please contact delps@uh.edu.

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Sugar Land

The College of Education partners with UH Sugar Land to offer courses for the Ed.D. in Professional Leadership program. For more information, please contact associate professor Bradley Carpenter at 713-743-8868 or bcarpenter@uh.edu. You may also visit the College of Education’s Admission Application Instructions.